Fatema K. Merchant


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Practice Areas

  • Government Contracts,
  • Investigations &
  • International Trade
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
University Al-Jamea-Tus-Saifiyah Arabic Academy, B.A., 2003
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2008
AdmittedTexas; District of Columbia


•American Bar Association, International Section

•ABA International Anti-Corruption Committee

•ABA India Committee

LanguagesArabic; Gujarati; Urdu

Fatema Merchant is an associate in the Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Merchant's practice focuses on anti-corruption investigations and compliance with international trade laws. Ms. Merchant has extensive experience with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S.-Sanctioned Countries investigations, compliance, due diligence, and training. Ms. Merchant also advises clients on compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Ms. Merchant previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG). At the OAG, Ms. Merchant negotiated settlements, prepared dispositive motions, handled pleadings and discovery, and argued motions. She served as co-counsel in a jury trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, securing a favorable verdict for the District.


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Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act
Fatema K. Merchant, October 14, 2014
On September 22, 2014, a Brooklyn jury found Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest lender, guilty of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for providing financial services to individuals and entities linked to Hamas. Hamas is currently designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury...

What’s New Out There? Highlights from the Federal Register
Fatema K. Merchant,Emily S. Theriault, October 9, 2014
The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) proposes to increase small business size standards for: (1) 209 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) in the manufacturing sector; and (2) industries with employee based size standards not part of...

Who’s a “Foreign Official”? Supreme Court Could Clarify Key FCPA Term
Fatema K. Merchant, October 9, 2014
On August 14, 2014, Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez filed a Petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking clarification of a key term in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Among other arguments, Esquenazi and Rodriguez (the “Petitioners”) state that the FCPA...

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Fatema K. Merchant

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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